CATO Podcast

We believe Tactics are a science, and the Art is in how we apply those tactics. Members of the California Association of Tactical Officers (CATO) interview a variety of guests and discuss lessons learned, the evolution of tactics, and other contemporary issues facing law enforcement.

Episode 023 - Lessons Learned from Years of Practicing Leadership with Chief Phil Hansen

May 7th, 2021
Chief Hansen is that rare leader you can’t help but want to work for when you meet him. His combination of humility, humor, and sage wisdom not only provide lessons we can all learn from but they set the standard for what today’s leaders should embody. He has dedicated his life to the thoughtful study of leadership and serving others, and in this podcast episode he sits down with Brent and Marcus to discuss the lessons he learned over the course of his 40+ years in law enforcement.

Episode 022 - The Tactical Athlete and Quiet Professional with Rob Shaul from Mountain Tactical Athlete

April 23rd, 2021

Our latest podcast episode, The Tactical Athlete and Quiet Professional with Rob Shaul from Mountain Tactical Athlete, is now available.

In this episode, Marcus Sprague sits down with Rob Shaul, founder and president of the Mountain Tactical Institute, to discuss how Rob and his team design mission-directed fitness programs to assist tactical athletes. We talk about common pitfalls in today’s law enforcement fitness programs and some strategies you can employ today to fix them and improve your mission readiness.
 
We also delve into the keys to becoming a quiet professional, legal challenges to high jeopardy fitness assessments in law enforcement, and how physical fitness has proven to raise your performance level in a variety of other areas

 

Episode 021 - Promoting up the Ranks with Andy Borrello

March 19th, 2021

In this episode, Marcus sits down with Police Promotion Expert Andy Borrello.  Andy has helped thousands of law enforcement professionals improve their performance during the oral board process.  They discuss what executives are looking for, some of the common pitfalls to avoid, and some key things you can do to separate yourself from other candidates.  Stay tuned to the end of the episode for a generous offer for CATO podcast listeners.  We hope you enjoy the show.

 

www.policepromote.com

Episode 020 - Building a Culture of Leadership

March 5th, 2021

Deputy Chief Jessica Nowaski discusses an intentional approach to building a culture of leadership and how making quick decisions can make us great emergency managers but can work against us when developing a culture of leadership.  She discusses some key things you can do right now to improve morale, listen more effectively and improve the culture of your unit, team or organization. 

Episode 019 - Running 4 Heroes with Zechariah Cartledge

February 19th, 2021

Marcus interviews Zechariah Cartledge, a young man who started his own non-profit, Running 4 Heroes, to raise awareness and funds for first responders who have fallen in the line of duty. But don't take our word for it, listen to this podcast episode where Zechariah explains why he runs a mile for every first responder lost throughout our nation.  To learn more about Running 4 Heroes, check out their website running4heroes.org.  Please spread the word about their great work and consider supporting this worthy cause.

Episode 018 - Police Sniper Response to a Public Venue

February 5th, 2021

CATO Training Cadre member Kris Jenny joins Marcus as they interview Tacflow Academy Instructor Mark Lang. Mark has an extensive amount of experience as a law-enforcement sniper and has trained thousands of snipers throughout the country. We discuss sniper response to public venues, aerial platform operations, and lessons Mark has learned from teaching throughout the country and serving as the sniper chair for the NTOA. You can learn more about Tacflow Academy at tacflow.com.

 

www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology/blog/2018/04/16/safety-act

Episode 017 - A Conversation with Johnny Walker and Jason Tuschen (Part 2)

January 22nd, 2021

Brent and Marcus sit down with retired Navy Seal Command Master Chief Jason Tuschen, and one of the Navy SEALs most sought-after interpreters, Johnny Walker, to talk about their experiences with team building, leadership, brotherhood, and trusting one another during times of extreme duress in combat. Jason's exemplary 27-year career in the military included serving with SEAL Team THREE, Seal Team SEVEN, the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, leading the First Phase at BUD/S, and culminated at the Naval Special Warfare Group ONE where, as Command Master Chief, he was responsible for executing National Security Strategy in the Middle East, South East Asia and the Korean Peninsula. Johnny's story is nothing short of heroic and patriotic, detailed is his bestselling book "Code Name: Johnny Walker: The Extraordinary Story of the Iraqi Who Risked Everything to Fight with the U.S. Navy SEALs." While working with the SEALS, he went on thousands of missions and saved many American lives, and for this he received numerous citations and commendations for his work with the Navy SEALs.

Episode 016 - A Conversation with Johnny Walker and Jason Tuschen (Part 1)

January 8th, 2021

Brent and Marcus sit down with retired Navy Seal Command Master Chief Jason Tuschen, and one of the Navy SEALs most sought-after interpreters, Johnny Walker, to talk about their experiences with team building, leadership, brotherhood, and trusting one another during times of extreme duress in combat. Jason's exemplary 27-year career in the military included serving with SEAL Team THREE, Seal Team SEVEN, the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, leading the First Phase at BUD/S, and culminated at the Naval Special Warfare Group ONE where, as Command Master Chief, he was responsible for executing National Security Strategy in the Middle East, South East Asia and the Korean Peninsula. Johnny's story is nothing short of heroic and patriotic, detailed is his bestselling book "Code Name: Johnny Walker: The Extraordinary Story of the Iraqi Who Risked Everything to Fight with the U.S. Navy SEALs." While working with the SEALS, he went on thousands of missions and saved many American lives, and for this he received numerous citations and commendations for his work with the Navy SEALs. Stay tuned for part 2 of this podcast!

Episode 015 - Active Shooter Roundtable Discussion

December 11th, 2020
In this episode, Marcus sits down with Travis, John, and Nick to discuss their lessons learned from responding to a variety of active shooter/killer incidents.  They discuss the principles at play during an event as well as things we can do now to prepare decision-makers and the troop to better respond to mass casualty incidents.  

Episode 014 - Leading Up

November 27th, 2020

In this episode, Bent and Marcus try a little something different. One of the more popular questions throughout the state from new Team Leaders and Watch Commanders is how to take newfound information back to their teams and lead up and down the chain of command.  This is such a prevalent issue throughout our profession that Brent passes out a pdf of the chapter in Extreme Ownership to new leaders at his department.  Noted author and previous podcast guest Jack Enter also address this issue in his book.  So today Brent and I discuss leading up and down the chain of command and hopefully provide a little direction and tools for those of you who looking for it. 

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